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  1. Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Sure, all of our experience is different. I don't think there's many people here who recommend actually downsizing from their true waist on the 66 though, I'd be interested to see others' experience. I think it's reasonable that, if someone's intending to do downsize, there should be a health warning. Please do post your fit pics after a couple of washes, will be interesting to see how it turns out. OP: do check on actual waist size of the pair you're buying, though, there seems to be variation over the last couple years. This pair here is 2016 I think. My 2016 32 tag ' 66 have stretched and are still at around the original waist size, around 32 1/2. The real issue for the OP is the thighs, here's a measurement to give an idea.
  2. Levi's Vintage Clothing

    I think advising someone on sizing when you haven't washed seems over-optimistic. Jeans shrink - that's a physical reality. the waist will stretch to pre-wash size, but the thighs won't. 32 waist are true to size for current production, I suspect 33 are too.
  3. Levi's Vintage Clothing

    I went actual size for mine, which would be 33, but if you can only get 32 or 34, go for the latter. Piece of wood in the waist as they dry after the first rinse in the machine. Seat and thighs are generous enough to make TTS work.
  4. Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    Not that day. Was still great ... we did have one of the longest, most brilliant, meta conversations in there with various people. I do love that city. Everything was from central casting (in a good way).
  5. Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    Lovely updates folks. Just a couple of images from recent ramblings. Peveril of the Peak is a lovely pub near the train station in Manchester. Then there are a couple of Oxford - the Radcliffe Camera and surroundings, then the elegant block of buildings is Pembroke College. St Pancras station was a mess for years, despite which it was used for the exteriors of the Harry Potter films. It was restored a few years back and is now one of the most beautiful rail stations in europe, with its victorian steel span launched from a byzantine gothic cathedral (that's really a hotel).This is the view around 7am before we took a train up north. Finally, I think my jeans are getting near the wear of the last pair, which feels quicker to me although I have no idea how long has elapsed.
  6. Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    Looks great. Nice Les Paul Jr TV that Keith has.
  7. Levi's Vintage Clothing

    SFTD is right, it's Kaihara Sanforized, the same fabric essentially that's traditionally used for the 557 jacket. My experience of this fabric is that you won't get significant shrinking in the waist, although they might shrink by an inch in length over a couple of years. That feature gives a good idea of the fades, although I wouldn't bother followng Jonas's tactic of adding vinegar to the wash as it's based on a misunderstanding of chemistry. I presume Kaihara will be making much more Levi's fabric from next year.
  8. Sugar Cane Denim

    I own a pair of those 101B and they are indeed made by Edwin. VF Corporation licenses out the Lee (and Wrangler) name to various companies, as well as producing their own in various territories (the initial Euro reissues were all designed in-house using Japanese denim for Lee and Turkish for Wrangler). I assume that the 101 mentioned by ushokmwn are produced for Lee Europe by Denim Authority in Tunisia, like most current brands that contract out production. Before that they were made in Eire, Poland and other locations. In one country they might well license the name to various people (eg kids jeans are often licensed separately) although the last time I sat down with one of their peeps, last summer, I got the impression that in China and Hong Kong they seem to be taking the brand back under more direct control - although still contracting out production I guess. [Edit, to take the thread even more OT, I was told that Lee are focusing heavily on the Far East, and although the brand's limited to the mid West, and old folks, in the USA, they claim to be far outselling Levi's in China].
  9. Levi's Vintage Clothing

    How great to have that "Made In San Francisco" tag.
  10. Sugar Cane Denim

    v jealous of those. I had a friend bring me a pair of the 40501 back from Japan, but annoyingly, they're a much slimmer fit than the Nevada on which they're based, so I had to eBay them. If those are a 31 tagged waist maybe they're mine. I remember from the time there is some natural indigo in the mix. It's a Nihon Menpu fabric. I'm guessing that it's simply a mix of yarns, most synthetic but with a few hank dyed natural indigo in there, which will almost certainly be Indian cake indigo. Here's the natural dye vat there: http://loomstate.blogspot.com/2014/05/naturally-beautiful-trip-to-nihon-menpu.html
  11. Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    I haven't got that much wear to show, I'm afraid. Generally looking good, and I seem to have much tighter whiskers on this pair than the last for some reason. I had to dump all my photos because no disk space so I can't remember when I soaked/started but I was thinking I'll have a couple of months before I expect some real action. I like the dark phase... but I see from the odd bits that have been caught in the rain that they will go super-contrasty and I'm getting some fading on the knees, way earlier than normal. Nothing exciting enough here for photos. I've been spending lots of time off social media, doing Duolingo German (!) and catching up with some old classics. These, plus Robert Service's Lenin and Nicholas II, plus Sheltering Sky, have been my TCB reads of the spring. War Of The World really works, even today; half-way through Turn of the Screw and it's genuinely unsettling and sinister. Thornton Wilder is a poor man's Tennessee Williams; Darkness At Noon is... dark. Very. Some of the current Stalin fans need to read it (think it was an influence on 1984 too IIRC). Sheltering Sky is by someone I despise, but the writing is beautifully poetic. Still despise him. But the sleeper is definitely Wide Sargasso Sea, bought for £1 for my train trip back from Yorkshire, phenomenal writing and all the weirder, as a prequel to Jane Eyre, set around the despised/irrelevant/mad Mrs Rochester, most of it written from her viewpoint. A consummate, bravura example of how to celebrate the underdog.
  12. Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    looking good... [Edit: when you posted I could see two. Now I see the second one only. Hmm. ]
  13. Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Julian is right, washed/rinsed is normally from Turkey. The fades should be pretty good... but there have been some with a resin wash designed to fade more quickly.
  14. Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    Where did the spring go? I seem to have spent the last month on projects that still aren't finished. But I had a nice trip to see my dad in May for the old fella's birthday. My parents live in a town called Beverley, which is beautiful (see the ancient Minster, which I guess they started building around 1100 ad), kinda boring but boasts one of the country's greatest pubs, called Nellie's. I think it dates to the 1750s and still pretty much all original. Gas light. They have no trendy beer whatsoever; but do great bottles of Pale Ale, which I think I am consuming here. I hope during the course of this contest to get my own VOlvo back, @volvo240thebest. It's been in the shop for a year, work now finished but of course I've run out of £££. Hopefully will sort that by August! I've also been pursuing another restoration, of my own Jazzmaster. @erk posted his earlier. i bought mine rather a long time back, influenced by Tom Verlaine. They were incredibly cheap then, under £200. it had been resprayed in the 70s in a thick polyester paint, and I've always wanted to get a proper period paintjob. I dropped it off to the country's main specialist (having sold a leather jacket and three very good pairs of jeans incudling my 55 1955 LVC for the work) ... and it turns out it's quite a rare, ash-bodied model which would have come, not in white as I though, but in a see through blonde, and came out of the Fender factory in april 1963. I'd debated whether to get someone cheaper to do the job, but my man is the best in the world for blonde finishes, so it's turned out really well. Might have to sort out more stuff to sell in the meantime. Look out for an update when it's finished, around Christmas time I hope. Final pic is of a lovely bar in Doncaster train station... previously the 1st Class waiting room with excellent Victorian tiling. Then when I got home that evening, I cooked a salad pizza to remind the family they missed me. No real development on the pants... so I'll update those next time,
  15. Sugar Cane Denim

    This is the Nihon Mempu Sanforizer. I haven't checked but I have a feeling NM produce all the SC stuff, so this machine is the last rite of passage for all the Sugarcane Sanforized fabric. Note it's huge, several times bigger than any loom, by far the biggest item of kit in the entire mill. Sorry for crappy photos... my Fuji X100 was new and I hadn't quite worked out how to programme the auto ISO on it at the time. More on NM here: http://loomstate.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/naturally-beautiful-trip-to-nihon-menpu.html